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Friday, September 20 2019
Professional or DIY Car Window Tinting: Make the Right Choice

Thinking about getting your car windows tinted?  

Great! Because tinted windows reduce glare and protect your car’s interior. Two things we car owners certainly cannot do without.

And, that just leaves one question to be asked: how do you actually get your car windows tinted? Well, there are two options: DIY or hire a professional. 

Here are four reasons to go with the professional option.  

  •  Guarantee of the job done right.  

Unless you are an expert at wallpapering, laying on tinted film may not be for you. Especially, since DIY material is flimsier and harder to work with. In contrast, the higher quality material used by professional car window tinters is less prone to wrinkles, creases, and air bubbles. 

You might also find it difficult to keep debris and dust particles from sticking to the film. And if you mess up, which can happen with the lower grade, temperamental DIY tint, you can’t just peel it off and start over. It’s very difficult to remove. Think about the tedious and cumbersome job of removing wallpaper. Not fun! 

Which is why it’s highly recommended to hire an experienced professional from a reputable company who will guarantee a job well done.

  • State law approved.

In addition to regular federal laws surrounding car window tinting, every state has its own set of rules and regulations too. Because traffic police want to be able to see into your car in the event of a traffic stop. And, they want to be sure to keep you safe. 

Which means you need to know your state’s individual laws regarding how dark your car tints are allowed to be. Most professional tinting companies adhere to the regulations required by their cities and states and can advise you on what to buy and what not to buy. But, there’s no such assurance when it comes to DIY brands.

  • More money saved.

But isn’t a DIY kit much cheaper than hiring a professional?  
Not necessarily. Especially, if you end up having to buy another kit. Which is often the case.

Hiring a professional will cost from around $120 and up, depending on the size of your car (a small car at the low-price end and a large van at the top). A DIY kit will cost somewhat less, it’s true. But if you aren’t satisfied with the job you did on your own you won’t have the option of simply rolling it back up and returning it to the store in exchange for another. Because once used, DIY kits are not returnable. Instead, you will have to buy another kit. Which equals time and money wasted!  

A professional, on the other hand, is obligated to make sure the tinting is done to your satisfaction. For not much more, you will save time, money, and frustration.

  • Safer driving.

You will probably want your new window tints to give you the comfort of shade as well as protect your car’s interior from the sun’s harmful rays. A DIY brand will provide some shade but will not prevent your car’s interior from cracking and peeling over the long term. 

But, a mid- or high- quality window tint installed by a professional will protect your car’s interior and keep you protected from the sun. So, you can drive on safely.

Weigh your options and make the right choice when it comes to your car’s new window tints. Good luck!

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Saturday, September 14 2019
Tint Your Windows Before It's Too Cold

Before the cold weather really hits, let’s talk about car window tinting.
Why? Because, if you’ve been thinking about getting your car windows tinted, now is the ideal time to do it. For a number of reasons. And these reasons have to do with the steps involved in car window installation and how each step functions.

Reason #1 – Cleanliness. 

The first step when getting your car windows tinted is getting the tint measured and cut. This step can pretty much be done in any season. But, then comes step two. 

The second step in the car window tint installation process is thoroughly cleaning the windows. Now, this can be difficult in certain weathers. In spring, you’ve got lots of tiny pollen particles floating around in the air. In fall, you’ve got all the leaf and plant debris flying around. And, in winter you’ve gotten ice, rain, and snow.

So, the best time to tint your car windows is in the summer. Or, right at the end of summer and before the fall season really hits. 

I.e: now.

Reason #2 – Temperature.

After your car windows are all squeaky clean, it’s time to set the tint. 

Window tint is made from ceramic film. This film has then adhered to the inside of your windows. However, the film needs time to fully dry if you want it to stay on right. And this can prove difficult in the wrong climates. If it’s too cold or too humid out, it makes it much harder for the film to dry thoroughly. Plus, it takes more than just one day to dry. So, you need a set of consecutive days with the right weather in order for the film to dry satisfactorily.

What we’re getting at here, is that you have a much better chance of getting your window tints installed accurately if you have them done during summer or early fall temperatures. Because this way, you’ll have plenty of consecutive days where the weather isn’t too hot or too cold to dry the film.

So… What Now?

Now that we’ve laid out the two big reasons why it’s time to get your windows tinted (late summer, early fall), the next thing is for you to choose a window tinter and get those beautiful windows of yours tinted for safer, cooler driving.

A few things you’ll want to be cognizant of when going through the process: 

  • You want a reliable car window tinter that knows all the ins and outs of window tinting. Particularly the laws of window tinting. Because tint laws vary per state. So, you want to be sure you’re getting a tint that works in your state.
  • That being said, when you get your windows tinted, the installer should ask you what percentage you want. Percentage here just means how dark or light you want your windows. Tell the installer your concerns, and he or she should be able to help you choose the tint that’s right for you.
  • You don’t want your fun new tints to go to waste, so be sure to ask your installer for proper maintenance and care tips. There’s not much to do, but generally right after the tints are installed you need to take a few precautionary steps so as not to upset the film.
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